Wirehaired Vizslas (WHVs) are medium-sized sporting dogs that resemble a blending of their Vizsla and German Wirehaired Pointer ancestors. Physically, the Wirehaired Vizsla is a tad taller and more heavily-boned than its smooth coated cousin, although they share the same uniform coloration of coat, nose, lips, eyelids and eyes. The Wirehaired Vizsla’s muzzle is more squared-off than that of its counterpart. This breed’s most distinguishing features are its course, wiry, weather-resistant double coat and its unique facial furnishings. Its shaggy beard and bushy eyebrows give it an inquisitive, almost amused expression, which some call comical and others call distinguished. The WHV has a slightly domed skull and a fair amount of space between its ears, which hang close to the head. Like many other hunting breeds, Wirehaired Vizslas have a noticeable dent or depression in the center of their forehead. These are strong, well-muscled animals with moderate bone and balance. Their tail is often docked in countries where docking is allowed. Their dewclaws are almost always removed shortly after birth.